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Casino Cites Financial Benefits in Bid to Woo Anti-Gambling Bishop

5 June 2006

SHEFFIELD, England -- As reported by the Daily Telegraph: "A giant gambling company is attempting to win over a Church of England bishop who is strongly opposed to plans for a Las Vegas-style super-casino.

"The South Africa-based Sun City Casino group has met the Rt Rev John Nicholls, the Bishop of Sheffield, to discuss how Church projects, including a centre for the homeless, could benefit if a controversial £200 million gaming complex is given the go-ahead.

"...Sheffield, which is one of eight city councils vying for the right to host the complex, is seen as a front-runner in the race because it is the only authority to have three different approaches from rival developers..."

"Bishop Nicholls, who has denounced super-casinos from the House of Lords, is leading local opposition to the scheme..."

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